Review | Tim Holtz Distress Glitter

Tim Holtz is know as “The Man” in the scrapbooking industry for many reasons. He is the most famous male name in the scrapbooking community. Tim’s Distress line of color mediums manufactured by Ranger Industries is immensely popular with all styles of crafters from the shabby chic artist to the clean more graphic style artists, and he also creates products that are gender neutral since they appeal to both males and females.. Tim is also know for his innovative products that advance the industry toward more user friendly multi-functional products. For that reason alone, I knew his new Distress Glitters were going to be something special and they did not disappoint!

The Ranger Ink website describes Distress Glitter as a nostalgic pattern of unique glitter that mimics the look of vintage mica. A quick Google search gave me a better understanding what mica is:

Mica is a mineral that comes in a variety of colors and can be easily separated into thin transparent sheets.In addition to being beautiful, it’s non-toxic, tough, chemically inert, transparent, and waterproof. via

Based on the images I found online, vintage mica was used largely to represent snow or provide shine in Christmas decorations and other crafty projects in the early 1900’s. I remember seeing it on the edges of pine cones in the winter. I may even remember using it in an arts and crafts project in school.

Distress Glitter very much resembles mica because of its shine properties. I found that the Distress Glitter, unlike traditional glitter, has a color cast shine to it. What does that mean? It means when you tilt your project it doesn’t reflect silver as traditional glitter does. It, instead, gives off the color that it truly represents in a beautiful subdued glimmer.

Distress Glitter MacaronUp

DistressGlitter Macaron3For both these cards I stamped the macaroon image onto the card base using a similar color ink to the Distress Glitter. Then I used a wet adhesive to trace and fill in the stamped image. Then I sprinkled distress glitter onto the image and let it dry. The result is fantastic.

I shot both these pictures from different angles. You can see that the color reflection is the same. The Distress Glitter gives off its color from any direction and doesn’t reflect white light. The Picked Raspberry Distress Glitter shines pink and the Mustard Seed Distress Glitter shines a beautiful yellow color. I love that especially for when you want to make a masculine card and it needs a bit of sparkle. It is not girly glitter sparkle but just a bit of shine to bring attention to certain things. Distress Glitter is PERFECT for that!!!

Here’s a quick and easy card tutorial using Distress Glitter.

Distress Glitter Step1I started with an A6 cardbase made of kraft cardstock.

Distress Glitter Step2I used a stencil to create geometric shapes on the front of my card base. I then pressed a sticky based ink over the holes in the stencil to adhere the glitter.

Distress Glitter Step3Next I removed the stencil and sprinkled the Distress Glitter in Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed strategically over the card base.

Distress Glitter Step4I added a few embellishments and a little bit of stamping in black ink.

Distress Glitter Step5A sentiment finishes everything off nicely. And here you see the finished card. Versamark ink is a watermark ink that is very sticky. I found that it was not sticky enough to hold the Distress Glitter so I used some Glossy Accents over the Distress Glitter area to seal the glitter and keep it from falling off the card. That worked very well.


  • The glitter shines the color in which its dyed so no over kill on the shine
  • The pieces are soft so there’s less of a chance of getting cut by the pieces
  • The wide range of colors and availability


  • It’s still glitter so it gets everywhere.
  • The pieces are very small and soft so they easily stick to each other and other things.
  • The pieces tend to stand up when emptied from the jar so you will get quite a bit of texture. (Though this could be considered a positive as well, depending on your preference.)

Tim Holtz Distress Glitter is available in 24 colors that coordinate with the Distress line of products. It retails for $5.50.


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Angela Butler-Carter

Iʼ’m the girl who always carries a pencil pouch with 20 different colors of pens, highlighters, mechanical pencils, and a large eraser. Ever since middle school I've been fascinated with creating things with my hands. My 7 year old Christmas wish list included a diary, new tap shoes, a pink glitter tutu, and a Barbie dream house. Since those days of Ballet, Jazz, and Tap dance lessons, voice lessons, and piano lessons, I've fallen in love with memory keeping. I have boxes and boxes of “memories” that my grandmother collected over the years that have been passed down to me from my mom. Taking pictures is what our family does but they never went beyond that. We had photo albums but none of the stories that went along with those stories. 6 years ago I became obsessed with YouTube. I've learned so many things from how to apply makeup to how to knit. The one thing that changed my life was paper crafting. After watching my first card making video tutorial I was hooked and I've never looked back. As I searched for more and more information about paper crafts I was introduced to mini albums from Marion Smith, scrapbooking from Shimelle Lain, and Project Life from Ali Edwards. That has been my focus for the last 3 years. Preserving my familyʼ’s history and my new adventures of being a newlywed has fulfilled me in so many ways. It has become my creative outlet. It inspires me to live life to the fullest and appreciate the people that surround me with love and encouragement.

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3 Responses to Review | Tim Holtz Distress Glitter

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    Rosetta Jenkins October 22, 2013 at 3:58 am #

    Thank you for the honest, thorough review of the distress glitter. I am a total fan of Tim Holtz who just loves the man. But I tend to shy away from glitter because it goes thru the air and lands God knows where even on my husband’s face (ooo). I do like the coarseness of this glitter as well as the rich colors. But, I thought that with using glossy accents to adhere the glitter it would be permanent and it was not. Could you recommend a technique to use to make this glitter permanent?

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    Jeanine October 22, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    I absolutely loveeee this! Time to pin and get creating! Thank you for the inspiration ;D

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    Ruth G October 22, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Thanks for sharing about what makes the Distress Glitter special! I had not given much thought to what color a particular glitter would reflect, so it’s good to know that T!m has considered it and made a product that stays true to its color! I appreciate that you showed two different ways to adhere the glitter! TFS!